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Related Music Links

Dagomba Dance-Drumming. Published by Tufts Digital Archive, 2010.


Created by Prof. David Locke and Alhaji Abubakari Lunna, this site is a great resource to learn about Dagomba music.

Honorary Patrons

President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama

Fourth President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, President John Dramani Mahama was born on November 29, 1958 in Damango, Ghana. A professional historian and writer, President Mahama is also a communication expert. Among his previous positions, he was Member of Parliament and Minister of State, and a Vice-President under the Late President John Atta-Mills.

Following the sudden death of the incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, President Mahama ascended to Office of Presidency of the Republic of Ghana.

During his tenure as Minister of Communications, President Mahama served as the Chairman of the National Communications Authority, in which he played a pivotal role in stabilizing Ghana’s telecommunications sector after its deregulation in 1997.

President Mahama also served as a member of the National Economic Management Team, a founding member of the Ghana AIDS Commission, a member of the implementation committee of the 2000 National Population Census, and a deputy chairman of the Publicity Committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT). In 2003 President Mahama was elected as a member of the Pan-African Parliament where he served as the Chairperson of the West African Caucus.

In addition to his immediate political preoccupations, President Mahama is an ardent environmentalist, and a writer with several published articles to his credit. His most recent work published by Bloomsbury, My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa, was launched at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Former Vice President of Ghana Alhaji Aliu Mahama

For bio and photo, go to Keynote Speaker.


Hosting Sponsor

Tufts University Department of Music


Kilimanjaro Foods, Inc.


Supporting Organizations

Knowledge and Skills Share (KSS) Foundation


Knowledge & Skills Share (KSS) Foundation is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 2007. As the name suggests, KSS aims to promote the sharing of knowledge-based and skills-based resources between communities and institutions in Africa and those abroad for the sake of development.  Knowledge & Skills Share Foundation’s vision is to become a reputable global charity organization that focuses on helping to improve the lives of the world’s most deprived, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities, particularly in Africa. We add value to people’s lives!

Main Objectives:
– The promotion of Ghana, and Africa, to the outside world for the purpose of attracting tourists and investors.
– Execution of community-based development projects in Ghana in particular, and in Africa, in general.
– Promotion of partnership and cooperation between Higher Education Institutions in Africa and those abroad.

The promotion of African culture is one of KSS’ core objectives, which explains our promotion of the annual World Damba Festival.

Knowledge & Skills Share (KSS) Foundation is an equal opportunity charity organization that does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of color, sex, ethnic background, religion, disability, age, sexual preference, and prejudice.

Tufts University Africana Studies Program


Tufts Africa and the New World Minor


Harvard University Seminar on African Musics Abroad through the Mahindra Humanities Center


Media Partners

Africans Universe


Africans Universe is a bold social entrepreneurship project to build a unique online platform to serve the African Community in the U.S. The African Community in the U.S. has a unique history, culture, perspective, and enormous potentials which are grossly ignored by the main media. The goal of the Africans Universe is to bring attention to the African Community by supporting and promoting the activities and efforts in the community.